New Rice Worm in Israeli Markets
Arutz Sheva's Israeli readers are advised there is a new strain of rice worm some Kashrut authorities say necessitates rice be checked before cooking.
Last week Rabbi Yoel Schwatz told Arutz Sheva the new worms were not always discernable with the human eye.
However, Rabbi Moshe Via said laboratory tests did not find any microscopic worms in the rice.
Worms, if present, will therefore be detectable with normal examination methods.
Recommended Examination Method:
Strain a liberal quantity of rice with a coarse net or kitchen strainer.
Any household strainer which the rice will not fall through is acceptable.
It is preferable the straining and examination be done on a broad, bright orange surface.
Orange is recommended because it makes it easier to discern the difference between white, brown, and black bugs.
Separate the grains that have passed through the strainer to determine if there are bugs – or remaining parts – that need to be removed.
Editor’s Note: those wishing more information on the new strain of bugs, or the halakha concerning checking rice, should consult a competent halakhic authority.